RZA PRESENTS “LIVE FROM THE 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN,” MARCH 21 (SOLD OUT) AND SUNDAY, MARCH 22
- RZA and legendary hip-hop group will perform with DSO at Orchestra Hall
- First-of-its-kind concert features classic martial arts film The 36th Chamber of Shaolin and music from Wu-Tang Clan’s groundbreaking debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
- SECOND SHOW ADDED: VIP presale March 4; on sale to general public March 5
Detroit, (March 3, 2020) – Due to overwhelming demand, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) is pleased to add a second performance with Wu-Tang Clan.
Presented by Quicken Loans Community Fund, the DSO, Wu-Tang producer and rapper RZA, and members of Wu-Tang Clan will perform onstage together in a first-of-its-kind concert at Orchestra Hall. Due to overwhelming demand, a second performance has been added onSunday, March 22 at 8 p.m. The first show on Saturday, March 21, sold out within 30 minutes.
Both a musical and cinematic experience, the program includes a screening of the classic martial arts film The 36th Chamber of Shaolin – with the score played live by the DSO – and Wu-Tang Clan performing their groundbreaking debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) as the film progresses. The program will be conducted by Enrico Lopez-Yañez, Principal Pops Conductor of the Nashville Symphony.
Proceeds from this event will benefit the DSO’s educational and artistic programs.
A limited number of tickets to the new March 22 concert will be sold during a VIP presale on Wednesday, March 4 from 9 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. EST. Eligible VIPs will be notified via email and will have an opportunity to purchase tickets before they go on sale to the general public.
Tickets to the new March 22 performance go on sale to the general public on Thursday, March 5 at 9 a.m. EST.
Tickets can be purchased at dso.org, by calling 313-576-5111, or in-person at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Avenue, Detroit).
“This collaboration with the DSO is a great example of the bandwidth that hip-hop has and how its community stretches across the landscape of music,” said RZA. “Wu-Tang Clan has always made our music cinematic, and operatic in context of production and lyricism. The opportunity to elevate our sound with the sonic backdrop of an orchestra like the DSO is historic and monumental. We are grateful that the team at Quicken Loans Community Fund has invested in this unique artistic expression of the cross-genre production.”
“We were amazed by the response to our initial concert announcement, and tickets to the first show sold out in record time,” said Chris Harrington, the DSO’s Managing Director & Curator, @ The Max & Paradise Jazz. “The DSO is grateful to our orchestra musicians and to members of Wu-Tang Clan for their flexibility, allowing us to add this second performance on Sunday, March 22. We also thank the James Tatum Foundation for the Arts for their willingness to relocate their scheduled benefit concert to the Peter D. and Julie F. Cummings Cube on Sunday so that the DSO can present the second concert in Orchestra Hall. Overall, the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center will be fully activated with incredible music all weekend, beginning Friday night with our Paradise Jazz Series.”
The Quicken Loans Community Fund strives to support strong social bonds between people, place and culture through investments in public life. Their dynamic community sponsorships benefit residents and Detroit-based organizations alike while also shining a spotlight on its hometown.
"We are thrilled to see the overwhelming demand for a collaboration between hip-hop pioneers the Wu-Tang Clan and a leader in the world of classical music, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra” said Jasmin DeForrest, Director of Community Sponsorships at the Quicken Loans Community Fund. “We are looking forward to seeing Wu-Tang Clan and DSO bring da ruckus for a second night in an impactful way that will also raise money for DSO programming.”
About Wu-Tang Clan
More than 25 years ago, the Wu-Tang Clan changed hip-hop music forever. Bursting onto the music scene with the release of Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), the group quickly became recognized for its innovative beats and clever lyrics, as well as the diverse personalities and talents that make up its nine member ranks. The Wu-Tang Clan has released seven Gold and Platinum studio albums with worldwide sales of more than 40 million albums. With the release of their debut album in 1993, songs like “C.R.E.A.M” and “Protect Ya Neck” introduced hip-hop pioneer The RZA as a groundbreaking hip-hop craftsman. With lyrics that combine the reality of 1990s New York and the world of martial arts, the Wu-Tang Clan has created a unique mythology that captures the hearts of fans worldwide.
Tickets for the March 22 performance of Wu-Tang Clan x DSO Presented by Quicken Loans Community Fund begin at $60.
All tickets must be purchased at dso.org, by calling 313-576-5111, or in-person at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Avenue, Detroit).
A limited number of tickets will be sold during a VIP presale on Wednesday, March 4. The VIP presale begins at 9 a.m. EST and continues until midnight. Eligible VIPs will be notified via email and invited to purchase tickets during the presale.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Thursday, March 5. Tickets will be available beginning at 9 a.m. EST.
About the Quicken Loans Community Fund
The Quicken Loans Community Fund is the philanthropic arm of Quicken Loans, the nation’s largest mortgage lender. Its strategy aims to support thriving, resilient and inclusive communities through data-driven investments in housing, employment and public life. Through its For-More-Than-Profit model, the Quicken Loans Community Fund recognizes that business and community are inextricably linked, and it purposefully brings together all of the assets of the Quicken Loans and Rock Family of Companies business – team member talent, technology, policy advocacy, and philanthropic resources – to invest in comprehensive community development in Detroit and across the country.
Since 2010, the Quicken Loans Community Fund has invested over $200 million into addressing complex issues like tax foreclosure, chronic unemployment, and support the entrepreneurship ecosystem. Alongside financial investments, the Quicken Loans Community Fund has organized team members to provide more than 725,000 volunteer hours nationwide, including 400,000 in Detroit.
About the DSO
The most accessible orchestra on the planet, the acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra is known for trailblazing performances, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and a deep connection to its city. As a community-supported orchestra, generous giving by individuals and institutions at all levels drives the continued success and growth of the organization. In January 2020, Italian conductor Jader Bignamini was named the DSO’s next music director to commence with the 2020-2021 season. Conductor Leonard Slatkin, who concluded a decade-long tenure at the helm in 2018, now serves as the DSO’s Music Director Laureate, endowed by the Kresge Foundation. Celebrated conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik is the orchestra’s Principal Pops Conductor, while the outstanding trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, the DSO offers a performance schedule that features Classical, PNC Pops, Paradise Jazz, and Young People’s Family Concert series. One of the world’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, Orchestra Hall celebrates its centennial in 2019-2020. In addition, the DSO presents the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series in eight metro area venues, as well as a robust schedule of eclectic multi-genre performances in its mid-size venue The Cube, constructed and curated with support from Peter D. & Julie F. Cummings. A dedication to broadcast innovation began in 1922, when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series, which also reaches tens of thousands of children with the Classroom Edition expansion. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the people of Detroit, the DSO actively pursues a mission to embrace and inspire individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences.